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May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Two areas of the Yakima River opening for hatchery spring chinook fishing

Some areas of the Yakima River are opening this week for hatchery spring chinook after fish counts recently took an upswing at Bonneville Dam.

The Lower Yakima River is open for hatchery spring chinook from the I-182 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser. This section is expected to remain open through June 30.

Starting this Saturday (May 19), the Upper Yakima River from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam will be open for hatchery spring chinook. This section is expected to stay open through July 31.

The Yakima is expecting a return of 5,000 hatchery chinook.

The late return of springers might be bad timing as the weather has warmed up considerably with temperatures soaring into the 90s this week, and could mean snowmelt might put a toll on river conditions.

The daily limit is two adipose-fin-clipped hatchery chinook. All wild salmon and all steelhead must be released.

Anglers must have the Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement, plus a fishing license. Anglers may also use two-poles by purchasing a “two-pole endorsement.”

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